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Masquerading – A Waste of Time

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It seems so much attention is poured into how perfect we can look on the outside, meanwhile the inside rots.

The Lord doesn’t seem to place an ounce of value on outward appearance, in fact it’s quite the opposite. The Word says He looks past the outside, straight into the heart. It also says He was very unassuming, He didn’t stand out in a crowd due to his looks or wardrobe. It was His countenance that defined Him, His Spirit. He didnt want us focused on outward appearance.

So, it seems very clear He was trying to show us that joy, status, worth, popularity, love, security, etc, are not defined (in His Kingdom) by outward appearance. It’s the Spirit, what’s on the inside, that defines us.

If our focus is on pleasing the eye, the soul dies.

So, for today’s “growth”, I say we work on what’s on the inside. Let’s forget about trying to be the status symbol for success by the world’s standards. Let’s get rid of the lie that if we aren’t perfect on the outside, our life is a failure. Instead, let’s let our spirits shine so bright that everything else pales in comparison.

I’m reminded of Mother Teresa..she was nothing to look at by the world’s standard. It was her spirit that made her such a beautiful person that even the world took notice. It was the same for Jesus. The world took note of Him because of what He had on the inside..a light that shown so bright, nothing could dim or distract from it.

Blessings,

Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
By propheciesofrevelation
http://www.propheciesofrevelation.wordpress.com
1 Peter 3:1-9

A gentle and quiet spirit. . . is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:4

Our society idolizes the so-called “beautiful people” — popular entertainers and models whose youthful faces dominate the pages of the magazines at the supermarket checkout. But such attractiveness has nothing to do with the kind of beauty that delights the heart of God.

We tend to think of beauty in terms of something lovely that evokes a feeling of pleasure within us. But God wants us to place more value on what’s in a person’s heart than we do on superficial things (1 Peter 3:3-4).

As William Dyrness explains, something is lovely by God’s standards “if it displays the integrity that characterizes creation and that in turn reflects God’s own righteousness.” In other words, a truly beautiful person is one who serves God’s purposes.

Regardless of our outward appearance, then, all of us can be beautiful. By God’s transforming grace, we can have the beauty of holiness and integrity that mirrors the character of His Son. As we devote ourselves wholeheartedly to the fulfillment of the Lord’s purposes in our lives, we will develop the kind of God-honoring beauty that does not fade (Proverbs 31:30). That’s the only way to become one of the truly beautiful people. —vcg

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me, all His wonderful passion and purity; o Thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine, till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me. —orsborn

Beautiful people are those who mirror Christ.

by propheciesofrevelation
1 Peter 3:1-9

A gentle and quiet spirit. . . is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:4

Our society idolizes the so-called “beautiful people” — popular entertainers and models whose youthful faces dominate the pages of the magazines at the supermarket checkout. But such attractiveness has nothing to do with the kind of beauty that delights the heart of God.

We tend to think of beauty in terms of something lovely that evokes a feeling of pleasure within us. But God wants us to place more value on what’s in a person’s heart than we do on superficial things (1 Peter 3:3-4).

As William Dyrness explains, something is lovely by God’s standards “if it displays the integrity that characterizes creation and that in turn reflects God’s own righteousness.” In other words, a truly beautiful person is one who serves God’s purposes.

Regardless of our outward appearance, then, all of us can be beautiful. By God’s transforming grace, we can have the beauty of holiness and integrity that mirrors the character of His Son. As we devote ourselves wholeheartedly to the fulfillment of the Lord’s purposes in our lives, we will develop the kind of God-honoring beauty that does not fade (Proverbs 31:30). That’s the only way to become one of the truly beautiful people. —vcg

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me, all His wonderful passion and purity; o Thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine, till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me. —orsborn

Beautiful people are those who mirror Christ.

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Quality Time

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There’s no one who loves you more than the Lord does, and He would just love to spend some quality time with you. Rest in His love today, share your thoughts/hurts/hopes/dreams/failures/triumphs with Him. He wants all of you, will you let Him in?

Blessings,

Sarah

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Today’s devotional selection:

QUALITY TIME
Devo found at: http://www.haventoday.org

“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.”
(DEUTERONOMY 33:12)

In our busy lives what a treat it is to spend time with someone we know loves to be with us, one whose friendship we treasure as well. For many who have experienced rejection, to believe another truly loves and values us is a huge challenge. It requires letting down the defenses we have used to protect ourselves from more hurt. Our experience in human relationships affects our ability to accept God’s love.

If the Apostle John had experienced rejection, he overcame it completely because he knew without a doubt that Jesus loved him. He had no problem describing himself as the disciple Jesus loved. Their friendship was secure in God’s grace. Jesus trusted John with the care of Mary, His mother (John 19:26, 27), and John’s greatest desire was that others would know the One he loved (John 20:31).

The overarching aim of our whole New Year should be to know God and Jesus Christ whom He sent. Jesus invites us to come to Him and to be refreshed in His presence. We can enjoy being with Him knowing we are loved.

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